UNISON has been supporting a group of HCRT staff with a collective grievance, submitted earlier this year, following the Trust advertising new roles which excluded applications from internal staff.
We have had reassurances from the Trust that the issue will be resolved, although that has yet to become reality. Due to the extended timeline, we have repeatedly asked for a formal hearing date, and today we have been given the 14th September.
Our view is the Trust has breached the NHS Constitution, by excluding internal staff from applying for new roles and we do not feel the Trust has acted in a supportive or open manner by treating existing staff in this way, or by taking so long to resolve this issue.
Given externally recruited AAP staff are now starting on the road, it’s understandable that HCRT staff, who have been promised development over many months, are feeling very upset about the situation.
We have received a commitment from the Trust that all future roles will be open to all staff to apply, and we would hope to have an outcome to the grievance for HCRT staff, prior to the hearing date, which will require a commitment over numbers of HCRT staff that will be released and course dates.
Fraer Stevenson UNISON Branch Secretary & Claire Stuart UNISON Norfolk County lead.